Martin Odegaard ‘remains the main target’ for Arsenal this summer after the club missed out on the signing of Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa.
Odegaard spent the second half of last season on loan from Real Madrid and impressed during his spell in the Premier League, with the Gunners keen to sign the Norway international on a permanent basis.
Mikel Arteta has made the 22-year-old the club’s ‘main target’ to add creativity to his midfield, despite the north Londoners making an approach for the now Aston Villa-bound Buendia.
Buendia attracted interest from the Premier League duo after inspiring Norwich to promotion to the Premier League last season, the Argentine named as the Championship’s Player of the Season after a campaign that saw him score 15 goals and provide a league-leading 17 assists.
Arsenal are understood to have made a bid for the 24-year-old on Wednesday, though Villa’s club-record offer of £33m – potentially rising to £40m with add-ons – looks to have won the race for his signature.
football.london are reporting that despite Arsenal’s interest in Buendia, Odegaard remains the club’s leading target and technical director, Edu, remains ‘confident’ of reaching an agreement with Real Madrid, either for a loan extension or permanent move.
Recent reports have suggested the Spanish giants will demand a fee of around €60m for Odegaard, with Arsenal hopeful of raising transfer funds through the sales of several players – the likes of Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Eddie Nketiah and Matteo Guendouzi expected to depart.